Sunday, September 25, 2011

Red Robin - To Think There Could Have Been More....

And the Taste Buds Say....
This is a pretty yummy brownie.  Red Robin is one of my favorite places to eat.  I always have great customer service...yummy burger and De-lious bottomless fries.  My new love there is the Apple something salad.  Oh man that is so good...and which is good that I like it because now I can have the salad and not feel bad about getting the Brownie a la mode.   I have never found anything on that menu I don't like, and the Brownie a la mode continues to keep this a true statement.  Our server, Justin and the manager, hooked us up with a half order of the brownie a la mode.  We were already stuffed and just wanted to taste it to blog about it and they totally hooked us up.   So, don't be fooled by the pictures above... this goodness is really much bigger.  The brownie was good.  The presentation was very inviting.  I couldn't wait to eat it!   It was more on the cakey side, but really good.  So if you like cakey brownies, you will like this one.  I loved the Blue Bell Ice Cream... can't go wrong with Blue Bell.  I loved the carmel and chocolate swirls.  The brownie was warm which is always a plus... or actually and exclamation point.  It did have nuts it in.  I liked the nuts, Steven doesn't like nuts in his brownies, so he wasn't a fan of that part.  

Over all, I thought it was a yummy brownie a la mode.  I would defiantly order it again... this time I would order the full order of goodness.    

I would give it 3.75 scoops of ice cream out of 5.  

The Memory and Adventure Behind the Brownie....
Steven and I were starving one night this week, so we decided to go to Red Robin for dinner. Any time with Steven is always a good time....and this time it was no different.  At dinner when the brownie a la mode came we asked Justin for a menu.  I needed it to take the picture.  So, he went to go get it, but mean while I have this bowl of goodness sitting in front of me that can't be eaten until I take a picture with the menu.  Justin, must have gotten side tracked by his other tables, and was taking awhile to come back with this oh so important thing... I mean, really what's more important, a crazy lady that blogs about brownies and her menu or someone putting in their order or having their actual food brought to them... don't answer that.... so we are waiting.  Justin ain't comin', so Steven gets up and goes over to the table next to us and asked the Dad if he could barrow his menu for just one minute.  It was awkward and weird... and totally Steven.  

After a LONG visit to Pro Bass Shop, Steven unwillingly helped me put up a shelf on my bedroom wall.  It was a project I attempted a few nights back that didn't really reach that of what other people would call success.  So I asked Steve, "Mr. I can fix anything", to help me.    The rest of the evening was spent making fun of me and the way I did it earlier.  He made the comment that I need to get a handy man.  I told him I am looking for a permanent one.  After a good long while, the shelf got put up.  Mirrors and candles placed there on and wha-la... beauty all around.  It took a little longer than needed, but that's what happens when you're having to fix things done wrong the first time.... thanks Steven for your help.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Bistro Byronz - The Best Non-Brownie Brownie Ever

And the Taste Buds Say....
A-Mazing!  This was so delicious!  Even though it's techically not an actual brownie... it's pretty dang close... in fact this is more of a brownie then Stone Werks so claimed brownie is a brownie.  You can read the story below to see why I am posting it at all if it's technically not a brownie, but let me tell you about this Heavenly Hash Supreme.  It was a cakelike/brownielike goodness that had marshmallows and almonds scattered in it.  Then topped with three generous scoops of vanilla ice cream, THEN drizzled with carmel and chocolate syrup and THEN a light  sprinkle of power sugar.  OH MY GOODNESS... it was delicious! 

 If you are ever in Shreveport or Baton Rouge... check it out.  The rest of the food on the menu is just as good.  

The Memory and Adventure behind the Brownie a la mode...

This is actually an old memory.  This was back in May when I experienced this goodness.   I was out in Shreveport visiting my dear best friend Lisa and her husband Andrew.  Lisa and Andrew would soon be expecting their fist little baby girl.  I was so excited for them.  So I drove out to help Lisa with the nursery.  They had already done a lot of the big stuff, but she just had her showers and all the little stuff needed to be done.  So I went to spend the weekend with them.  

It was a fun weekend.  Lisa and I went to breakfast, cute little baby boutiques, Hobby Lobby, and who knows where else.  We went home and got to work decorations.  The nursery turned out so cute!  We loved it.  At one point Andrew said to Lisa, "I'm so glad she came because I would not want to do any of that stuff.  I'm glad she came to do it with you."  

That night we went to dinner at Bistro Byronz.  This is right after I decided to do my blog.  This technically should be my third brownie entry.  I asked our server if they had a brownie a la mode.  She said, "We have something that is like a brownie, but it's not technically a brownie, we describe it as a cake."  Then she got real soft, leaned in and said, "But I think it's a brownie."  She went on to describe it... wow... that sounds delicious.  I told her, "I don't need it if it's not a brownie.  I do a blog on brownie a la modes."  She was intrigued and said, "well, you should try it any ways.  I'm going to get you one to try."  OK..  I'm not going to pass that down!  So she brought us the goodness you see above... we ate every bite.  She asked how it was.  I said, "It's the best non-brownie brownie I have ever had."  When the bill came I told her I would take the bill and she said, "Oh, no.  That was on the house.  I got it for you."  Every bite became even better at that moment.  It was the nicest thing ever, so I made sure to be nice in my tip to her.  So that is why I had to put it in my blog.    

It was a wonderful weekend with wonderful friends and yummy non brownies.  

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Zea's - Rich and Worth Every Calorie!

And the Taste Buds Say....
RICH and DELICIOUS!  After a yummy dinner of Thai rub ribs, corn grits and sweet mash potatoes, I got to indulge in the most delicious brownie I had in awhile.  I loved the presentation.  It looked very classy and matched the feel of the restaurant.  The brownie was so rich.  I couldn't even eat it all.  That is saying a lot.  The brownie is gooey and yummy.  The ice cream is what really made it.  Creamy.  I couldn't get over how light it tasted.  The caramel and almonds added the perfect touch.  I usually like the ice cream on top of the brownie, but this time, I didn't mind because I liked the way it looked and I think it would have taken away from the creaminess of the ice cream.  Defiantly one you would want to share, just because it is so rich.  

So... Yummy!!!  If I had to rate it, it would be 4 scoops of ice cream out of 5!

The Memory and Adventure behind the brownie....
This is a funny story!  So I was in New Orleans for work and everyone at work kept giving me places to go eat.  It's all about eating in New Orleans.  One of the restaurants that was a repeat on every list was Zea's.  So I went... and I was not disappointed.  It was SO YUMMY!  I am hooked.  I have been craving it for the last week I've been home. While I was in Zea's it started thunder and lightening.  No biggy, right?  I'm from Texas, thunder and lightening doesn't mean anything in the summer....  Well, after my yummy meal and tasty brownie a la mode I took my left overs to my car before I went into Target for some toothpaste.   I go next door to Target, get my toothpaste and as I'm checking out I see everyone standing by the doors waiting to go outside.  I think, "Really people?  It's just rain.  Whimpy "'na leners."  

I get to the doors and I have to eat my words faster than I devoured that brownie a la mode.  I could not believe my eyes... and it's not because I haven't seen rain in over 3 months in Texas, but I kid you not... this rain wasn't not coming down like crazy, it was coming across like crazy.  Yup.  HORIZONTAL RAIN!  If I didn't know better I would think this was Katrina all over again.  Which... this gives me a whole new appreciation for those that went through Katrina.  Back to the story.  So I'm standing there thinking, "Man, how long do I need to wait?  I am tired.  I just want to get back to the hotel... I think I can run for it."  So I take my purse and put it in my Target bag... tie it up... take a deep breath... and run for it.  Now, keep in mind, I'm in flip flops, shorts and a t-shirt.  I'm splishing and splashing through this lake of a parking lot to my car.  I just get soaked!  To THE BONE!  I get in the protection of my warm rental... take a few breaths and all of a sudden.... bam... boom... bang... "What the...?"  I look around and there are shopping carts coming from all over slamming into my car!  I was so freaked out.  I start to pull out and drive into this horizontal rain and then the hail comes!  I'm now in my own personal puddle of water from my clothes and hair, freezing to death.  And let's be honest, probably a little shock too from this wetness that is coming out of the sky.   I start driving to the hotel, which was really close.  I pull into the parking lot and just then...  BAM!  Thunder sounded and then SNAP... darkness!  Power, gone.  I look up at my hotel... complete darkness.  I start thinking, "How am I going to get in through power driven sliding glass doors to the hotel... oh no, how am I going to use power driven room key to get into the solitude of my hotel room that will allow me to strip off these soaking wet clothes and crank up the heat... oh man.  I forgot my hoodie."  All of that went through my head in a matter of seconds.  Then it was, "Suck it up cupcake and run for it."  So I did.  Rain slapping me in the face....I get to the lobby and light... power... AC!  I was so cold!  I am just dripping.  I get to the elevator and just as I go to push the button another finger swoops in to push it... I look up and of course it's this gorgeous single guy standing there.  We get in the elevator... silence.  wait... silence... then I say, "It's a little wet out there."  Really?  That's the best you got?  I mind of well have said, "I carried a watermelon."  He didn't think it was funny.  He just said, "Nah, it's just a sprinkle."  Are you kidding me dude?  There were shopping carts flying at me.  That's no sprinkle!  I book it to my room... and of course I am at the end of this forever long hallway and he is only two doors down from me in this forever long hallway.  So I'm just sloshing and flopping in my flip flops down the hallway with this cute guy behind me.... it was like the moment in a scary movie when they are in a hallway and the lady is running down this long hallway and she keeps running and the hallway keeps getting longer and longer and she keeps running and running but the ghost is still following her and she's not going anywhere... yeah, that's how I felt... Finally, he stopped at his door.  I finally get to the comfort of my room... cloths off... heat shower...just shivering.... longing for one of my 10 hoodies at home.  

Around 11:00 that night my phone is dead.  My charger isn't working, so I got out to my car to see if my car charger will work... I walk out and you couldn't even tell it rained!  It dried up just like that!  CRAZY!  Seriously, a scary movie right?  Did that all really happen or was I in the Twilight Zone?  

The next night I go out for a run and I look up at the hotel and the front of the hotel that I was looking at the night before durning the power outage was a brick wall.  There were no windows on that side... hence the complete blackness the night before.  I just laughed.  My life is so humorous.  

What a funny night.  All in the name of a brownie a la mode!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Stone Werks - That's not a Brownie... That's a Cake!

And the Taste Buds Say....
We should have known better.  It is called the Rockslide Brownie, but that is false advertisement for Brownie lovers, like myself.  Now, to give them a little credit, in the description is does say "A warm chocolate fudge top brownie cake..." but is it a brownie or a cake?  I am here to declare, it is a cake.  There were some things that were good about it.  I did like the cinnamon taste and the roasted brown sugar pecans, but again, it's a cake.  The ice cream was separate from the "brownie" which made it almost two separate desserts, rather than an a-la-mode that comes together in one.  So if, I was doing blog on cakes, this might get a different review, but since I'm not, and this was a cake, not a brownie, it doesn't impress me... 

So WARNING fellow Brownie Lovers out there, this is not a brownie a la mode... it's a cake with ice cream on the side.  

The memory and adventure behind the "brownie"...
This was a fun night!  A dear friend of mine, Laura, was in town getting her Texas fill since she is a sell out and left TEXAS for utah several years ago.  At least she realizes how cool Texas is and comes back to visit us often.  This was a girls night.  She was also visiting our friend Nicole, who is not a sell out and has stayed in Texas.  I met up with the girls to start it off right with pedicures.  Then we went to dinner at Stone Werks to try their "brownie" a la mode. After dinner Laura and I went shopping a little until the amazing firework show at Fiesta Texas.  It was so relaxing sitting in the parking lot watching the show.  The next day was spent on the river!  

The whole weekend was fun with Laura.  It was so good to see her, but my favorite memories with Nicole and Laura are 1. Fiesta Texas and 2. laughing our heads off at dinner.

1. Fiesta Texas - It was several years ago and Laura, her boyfriend Doug and Nicole all came down from Austin for a day of fun in San Antonio at Fiesta Texas.  We went and just had a ball.  We took silly pictures, rode the rides, just had a great time.  At the time I had a leg injury that required me to wear a brace that looked like a prothetic leg, so they kept telling me to use that as a way to get us up in line.  It was true, it was hard for me to stand long periods of time, so we did it a couple times and the people there at Fiesta Texas were kind enough to let up jump ahead.  At one point, Doug said to me, "try limping a little more.  It will make it look more real."  I wanted to say..."It is REAL!  I don't need to pretend to limp."  It was funny though.  After our long day at the park, we went downtown and were joined by our friends Jeff and Steve.  We went to this Mexican restaurant on the Riverwalk because we were starving and it didn't have a waitlist.  We soon found out why it didn't have a waitlist.  It was the worst Mexican restaurant I'd ever been to.  Luckily, I don't remember the name, otherwise, they would be done for on this blog.  None the less, it was a fun night.  We laughed so hard and just had a great time.  I always remember that day.

2. Laughing hard a dinner - Another time Laura came to visit, the three of us went to dinner at the Olive Garden and I don't remember exactly what we were talking about, I just remember us saying, "someone wasn't their usual baseball bat rude, but rude like a knife."  and I just remember us laughing so hard about that, to the point we were almost crying.  

One of my favorite memories of Nicole is when I had surgery on my ankle and she came over in the middle of her busy day in the middle of the week to bring me lunch.  Not only did she feed my body with yummy stir fry... she filled my heart with love and company as she stayed and filled the loneliness I was feeling being at home all day by myself.  I had so much fun.  She taught me a new card game (that I need to relearn) and just talked with me.  I know she had a lot going on that day.... and to THIS day, I still remember her kindness.  Thanks Nicole!  It meant a lot!

There are so many more memories... trips to Austin, trips to Utah, going to dinner, Nicole's birthday with Matt... So many things.  I am so grateful for these friends and the memories and the laughs!  

Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro - There is a reason it's not called Brownie A La Mode Bistro

And the Taste buds say....
Really?  This is the best you have?  It is very clear they focus their time on perfecting their cheesecake and neglect their brownie a la mode.  The brownie was dry and tasted like it was a day or two old... the kind of old when you make a pan of brownies at home and you leave for a couple days on a trip and come back and the brownies are hard, but you eat them anyways, because, well they are brownies and they can't go to waste... that's what this one tasted like.  And sure enough when we told our server their brownie would be featured on my blog and we thought they were dry she said, "That's probably because they were made yesterday."  Ah ha!  I knew it!  Do I know my brownies or what?!  Now, I will give them the fact that we were there at 9:45 PM and they were closing everything down, but still, quality people... quality.   

It was two brownies balanced on each other being supported by two scoops of ice cream.  The chocolate around the side was a nice touch.  Presentation wise, it looked yummy.  The first bite was good, but didn't make me melt.  The ice cream was nothing special.  Tasted like regular ice cream.  

Again, it wasn't horrible.  I think if we would have gotten a fresh brownie this post would be different.  I did eat it....just like I eat the outdated brownies in the pan at home.  

Memory and Adventure behind the Brownie
Even though the brownie may not have been great, the memory behind it was worth it.  I was in New Orleans for work and one of my friends there, someone from the company, offered for take me downtown to see New Orleans.  So he and his wife picked me up and we went to dinner at Red Fish Grill on Bourbon Street.  YUMMMY!  We had a tons of food!  Shrimp, red bean soup, oysters, fried eggplant, tuna... all yummy.  During dinner we were talking about my blog, which caused John to google brownie-a-la-modes in New Orleans.  He found one and started reading the description to us and we had to have it.  It looked SO good.  So after a fun dinner we walked down the "Bourbon strip"and back to our car and headed out to find that brownie a la mode.  We were determined to find that brownie.  We got to Copeland's around 9:30, got our dessert... Me my brownie, John his cheese cake and Michelle a little of each of ours.  We were all tired.... but were determined to get this brownie.  (Truth be told, John just wanted to be in the blog, he didn't care about the brownie.  :)  ) The moment came... there before me was this coveted brownie we read about on line... It look amazing....two brownies balanced on ice cream... as Michelle pointed out, the pretty chocolate drizzle on the side... and here came the first bite.... and here came the disappointment.  I thought it was going to be so great, but it was only good.  The funny part about the story is that Michelle took a little bit of the brownie and then a little bit of John's cheesecake and put it on her plate, by the time she went back for more of John's cheesecake, it was gone!  He inhaled it... which I guess that's why they are call CHEESECAKE Bistro.  It was a fun night.  I was very grateful for John and Michelle and their kindness to show me New Orleans.  Thanks guys for a fun night.  (Please note, that is John's arm in the picture.)  :)  

Monday, July 25, 2011

Red Lobster - Seconds, please!

And the Taste Buds Say....
Nothing... they can't.  They are to busy savoring every minute of this brownie!  Seriously, delicious!!  When I took my first bite, my friend sitting across the table said, "Now that is the look of a great brownie."  I liked the fact that it was nice and warm and just gooey enough to taste all the chocolate.  The toppings were simple, but just enough.  Not too much to over power or take away from the brownie.  The carmel was a good touch.  

My only thing is, give me more!  When our waiter, Donavan, brought it out and put it on the table I wanted to ask him if he ate half our brownie.  It looked so small.  Donavan was great at putting up with our comments and did a wonderful job serving us.  The manager came by and explained to us the reasoning for the size.  Stating that it's on their dinner deal where you get a soup, main course and a dessert... so they didn't want something too big after all that food.... understandable, but come on... give me more.  I LOVE brownies!  I'm telling ya, this is worth coming in for just the brownie, but make sure you get your own.  You will want every bite.  Since it is a little small, the price is also small, so if you want just a taste or something little, it might fit you.  But as I said before, give me more!  

So, this one now moves up to my #2 Brownie.  Taking Chili's down to #3.  Make it a little bigger and they might see themselves making the #1 spot on this oh so important blog!  

Amazing chocolate yumminess! 

Adventure and Memory behind the brownie....
On this latest adventure I was join anxiously by my dear friend Nicole.  Nicole and I use to work together at my previous employer and quickly became friends over our common love for FOOD!  When ever we were at a luncheon or something where they would say, "Ok, come dish up your plates..." and everyone hangs back for a minute not wanting to be the first in line... Nicole and I would gladly break the ice and be the first in line.  Not only were we the first in line, but once the line went down we would look at each other, give the look, and be back in line again for seconds.  It was always nice to know I had someone else there to make the seconds trip with... That can be an awkward trip to take alone.  It's like the trip you have to take walking into a party and everyone already knows each other and you're coming in late.  Or the trip to go up to talk to the judge about your speeding ticket in front of everyone.  Or the trip you make into a panel interview feeling like you're about to be put in front of a firing squad... all trips you don't want to make alone, but you have to just do it.  But taking the trip for seconds is so much more enjoyable with someone.  And Nicole was always there for me on my trip for seconds (and sometimes thirds....), my dear Seconds Buddy.  

This night happened when my sister mentioned on my Facebook page that she had the brownie a-la-mode at Red Lobster, thought it was amazing, but wanted to see what the expert had to say about it, aka.....ME.  Nicole saw this posting and wanted to join in.  So we went in JUST for the goodness.  When we got there, sat down and looked at the dessert menu, it was no where to be found.  So we started thinking of other places to go.  We were ready to leave when Donavan, our server, came and saved the day by informing us they did in deed have one.  Phew!  The night was saved!  I can't imagine what would have happened had we not experienced this amazing chocolate yumminess!  

Nicole is such a women of faith.  It has been a blessing to have her in my life.  So many laughs and memorable moments.  Our favorite topic would have to be boys!  Now she has only one handsome boy she loves that she talks about, but I still get to talk about boys!  She is so good to listen and give frank and honest feedback!  A dear dear friend that I am honored to share this brownie with.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chili's - Don't need all that Jazz...

And the Taste Buds Say...
Heaven!  Oh my goodness, this was the best brownie a la mode.  It may not have tons of whip cream and a cherry on top, but when you're as good as this brownie, you don't need all that jazz.  The brownie was warm and gooey.  Which caused the ice cream to melt just enough to mix in with the chocolate sauce.  The nuts were just enough that they weren't overwhelming.  It was de- wait for it - licious!  I was there with other people and I was actually thinking, "How do I tell them to get their own?"  But I was nice and opened the invitation for all to join in the goodness!  At the time, this became my number one brownie a-la-mode, until two days later.  This is currently ranked as my #2 brownie a-la-mode.  

Adventure and Memory behind the brownie...
Chili's are all over the US, in almost every city, every airport and even a few miles apart from each other.  But this particular experience I was in Pt. Arthur, Tx for work.  I was going to be there all week and was joined by three other colleagues.  We went to dinner at Chili's and I was sitting next to Tracy and that is when the fun began.  Tracy tells the funniest stories and while we were at dinner this time he got more and more animated with each story.  To the point that he would keep hitting my arm or pushing me when he got to the punch line or say something funny.  It was so funny.  At one point I finally said, "Quick hitting me."  He didn't even realize he was doing it.  I said to Sarah, "Why aren't you sitting next to me rather than Tracy?"  To which Tracy responded, "I can't sit on that side.  I won't sit with two dudes on one side of the booth."  The dinner was a lot of fun...and painful.  

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Freebirds - Not an A-la-mode, but it's a brownie...

And the Taste Buds Say....
So I know this is not a Brownie a-la-mode,'s a brownie and this is my blog, so I feel I can bend the rules for some special occasions.  I love Freebirds.  I go there regularly and I love the Freebird burrito on wheat tortilla, with rice, black beans, mixed cheese, chicken (half dark/ half white meat), lettuce, tomatoes, corn and lime juice.... something like that.  At the end of the line is a pretty little basket full of delicious, yummy, Pot Brownies.  So, I thought that I could add it to my blog.  Give it a shout out.  

My taste buds say, yum.  The nice thing about these brownies is that they are big and it takes me a long time to eat it.  I usually get it at lunch, so I get to snack on it through the day at work.  I love the fact that these are chewy and have little bits of chocolate chips in them.  

Adventure and Memory behind the brownie...

In this particular brownie experience, I was joined with the great company of the one and only Janet S.  I am so blessed to have such a wonderful friend.  This night we went to dinner and then went to see Bradley Cooper on the big screen... I don't remember the movie or the plot or anything about the movie... I just remember Bradley Cooper.  Just kidding.  We went and saw Limitless with Jamie Jackson.  It was a good movie and I truly did enjoy the movie, the plot and everything.  That night Janet and I ended up sitting in the car talking for over an hour.  We of course solved all the problems of the world in our late night talk... so you are all welcome.  :)  

Favorite Janet Memories:
Janet and I have been friends since my Freshman year of High School.  I have so many memories, so the ones that come to the top of my head are:

  • Walking to the other campus in HS after early morning seminary... or cramming all of us into the car to get a ride.
  • Camping at Enchanted Rock.  Staying up all night talking.  In the morning, the rest of the people at Enchanted Rock were very very very upset with us.
  • Sleepover with young women church group.  We all snuck out and went to TP someone's house. "In the Jungle the Mighty Jungle...." was the song that was on the radio on our victory ride back. 
  • Janet telling her story of falling at  college.... Janet telling any story at that!
  • Trip out to Arizona to visit Janet.  Went to an ABBA cover band... holy hanna!  Funny stuff!
  • And how could I not list our amazing experience when Janet flew in and we went to NKOTB concert!  One of the happiest days of my life!  I wouldn't want to share it with anyone other than Janet!
  • And many many more!  I could make my own blog all about Janet!
My favorite qualities about Janet:  Her kindness, seriously the nicest person you will ever meet.  She is so giving.  Her laugh!  I love it when you get her going... which some of the times, it's Janet that gets herself going!  :)  Her inappropriateness!  Yes, I love this about Janet.  I love that I can be real around her and don't have to hide things... I love that when you say something, you can see it in Janet's eyes that she is thinking about something different and making what you are saying ten times funnier!  


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Zio's - "There's a Reason it's Not on the Menu"

And the Taste Buds Say....

It looks better then it really taste.  Not that great... it was ok.  The server said that it was a brownie with ice cream, whip cream, a raspberry sauce and a cherry.... that's sounds yummy enough, so I get it.  As I'm eating it, I did not like the sauce.  I kept thinking, "This wouldn't be that bad, if it wasn't for the sauce."  Then as we got to the bottom, there was a STRAWBERRY!  Yuck!  No wonder I didn't like it.  I don't like strawberries.  So, for someone that does like strawberries, it may not be that bad.  The brownie was a little dry.  

They actually do not have this on the menu.  This is what they give for their birthday congrats.  You have to ask for it.... but my suggestion...don't.  Stick with the stuff they are good at... the chicken and cheese tortellini.  YUMMY!  

ADVENTURE and MEMORY behind the brownie...

This was during a lunch with my friend Ben.  We work close to each other, so we have the opportunity to get together for lunch often.  This time we went to Zio's.  It was right after my birthday and so I asked the server if they had a brownie a-la-mode and he said they sort of did.  It's the one they do for birthdays.... PERFECT, it was just my birthday.  When he brought it out I thought it looked pretty good, but then I started eating it and thought the sauce wasn't good.  The mother and daughter across the aisle from us was eyeing my dessert and said, "What is that?"  I said, "It looks better than it taste."  I don't think they got it.  
Poor Ben has to put up with my silly ideas.  His hand is featured in one of the pictures.  Thanks for humoring me Ben.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

BJ's - "Shouldn't have to work this hard to get this Goodness in ME!"

And the taste buds say.....

March 4, 2011 - Presentation of the brownie... amazing!  My eyes were in heaven when this goodness was placed before me.  Tons of whip cream, chocolate drizzled across the top, with some melted ice cream- signifying a nice warm chewy brownie below all these calories!   Making everyone calorie worth it!  

But...did the presentation really match up to the taste of the brownie?  Actually, yes.  It was really good.  One bad thing about this brownie though is that it took way to much effort to eat.  The brownie is baked into the pan, so I had to literally use two hand to scrap that goodness out of the pan and into my very impatient mouth.  I should not have to work that hard to get that goodness in me.  

Even though the mound of whip cream was amazing to the eye, it was a little too much for the mouth.  It almost over powered the actual brownie.  

Over all review... Yummy, yummy yummy - just very hard to eat.  

ADVENTURE and MEMORY behind this brownie... 

This evening my friend Rebecca and I were celebrating her birthday!  We are both in our 30's and for her birthday she wanted to go see...Justin Bieber!  So we went to see Never Say Never!  Yes, it's true.  We did.  And not only did we see the movie, we loved the movie.  It took us back to our NKOTB days....which, by the way, girls screaming after a cute artist is nothing new people... can we say NKOTB, Elvis... the BEATLES for heavens sake... they made it out to be some new phenomenon in the movie.  Back to the story....the movie was actually really inspiring.  I have to say, I'm impressed by the Bieber and think I caught Beiber Fever.  

After the movie we walked over to BJ's to watch the end of the Spurs game, eat some yummy food, chat, catch up, solve the problems of the world and eat... a brownie a-la-mode.  This is the night Rebecca suggested I start a blog about all my wonderful brownies!  It's only taken me four months to make it happen!  :)  Thanks for the inspiration Rebecca!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

What the brownie?

Why a blog about brownies?  Because I LOVE brownies!  Brownies are my favorite.  I am a brownie consumer.  One year for my birthday I received 6 different dozens of brownies.  My birthday "cake' is got it... a brownie.

So what is this blog all about?  I started doing a lot of traveling for work lately and several trips are to the same place, so I thought, "How and I going to make this exciting?  What can I do to make it fun to go back to these places?"  One day when I was in Memphis it hit me... I am going to find the best brownie a-la-mode.  So there it began.  I was at dinner at Rendezcous sucking on my last finger to get the last drop of amazing sauce from my dry rub ribs, when I asked my incredibly cute server, "Do you all have a brownie a-la-mode?"  "No we don't, but I can tell you where you can get an amazing one...."  My flight was leaving in 1.5 hours, so I didn't have time to find that "amazing one", so instead I settled for one that was close.  Should not have settled.  At that point I realized, I need to find that brownie... and... I should let people know that this one I was eating was NOT worth stopping for... so here I am in my quest to share with the world, or who ever reads my little part of my world, what I think is the best brownie a-la-mode. 

A week later, I was celebrate my friend Rebecca's birthday and of course needed to order a brownie a-la-mode.  As I was talking about the brownie and that I was going to start taking pictures of my brownies, Rebecca said, "You need to start a blog about this...." and that's when the blog idea began.  Thank you Rebecca for starting this madness!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Where it All Began - at Huey's in Memphis

And the taste buds said.....

Not worth stopping for, but good enough....
I thought the brownie was a little dry.  It wasn't warm, so the ice cream didn't even slightly melt, which made it like two separate desserts.  It was good if you wanted to get the taste of a brownie, but nothing I would come back to again.  

Huey's burgers are yummy and delicious, but brownie a-la-mode, not that great.  


Why a blog about brownies?  Because I LOVE brownies!  Brownies are my favorite.  I am a brownie consumer.  One year for my birthday I received 6 different dozens of brownies.  My birthday "cake' is got it... a brownie.

So what is this blog all about?  I started doing a lot of traveling for work lately and several trips are to the same place, so I thought, "How and I going to make this exciting?  What can I do to make it fun to go back to these places?"  One day when I was in Memphis it hit me... I am going to find the best brownie a-la-mode.  So there it began.  I was a dinner at Rendaviuos sucking on my last finger to get the last drop of amazing sauce from my dry rub ribs, when I asked my incredibly cute server, "Do you all have a brownie a-la-mode?"  "No we don't, but I can tell you where you can get an amazing one...."  My flight was leaving in 1.5 hours, so I didn't have time to find that "amazing one", so instead I settled for a close one.  Should not have settled.  At that point I realized, I need to find that brownie... and... I should let people know that this one I was eating was NOT worth stopping for... so here I am in my quest to share with the world, or who ever reads my little part of my world, what I think is the best brownie a-la-mode.